Watching: A Quirky Sports Series

Or a smart historical crime drama.

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By Margaret Lyons

Television Critic

Dear Watchers,

I’m still flying high from the season finale of “Better Call Saul,” and I know in the coming months and perhaps years I will be arranging my predictions and wishes for Season 6 in my heart the way I arranged porcelain horse figurines as a child. I won’t do it every day, but I will do it occasionally and with great care and ceremony. I have to look forward to something.

I hope amid all of this awful everything that there’s a small something you’re looking forward to, too. See you Friday.


I like sports and minutiae

Ken Griffey Jr., right, hits a home run on April 1, 1997.Elaine Thompson/Associated Press

‘The History of the Seattle Mariners, a Dorktown Special’

When to watch: Now, on YouTube.

You don’t have to be a Mariners fan to enjoy this enchanting, offbeat exploration of the franchise (I’m not), but you do need to be either a baseball fan or a big fan of stats and charts. Even though this is a genuine documentary, the show it reminds me most of is “American Vandal,” the brilliant true-crime spoof: “The History of the Seattle Mariners” is similarly arch and specific, and it’s able to toy in fun ways with genre conventions like overly ominous narration. If you have ever kept score at a baseball game and also pay a lot of attention to internet culture, this is for you. So far there are four episodes of a planned six, but I would happily watch 40.


I want a murder show, but different

Rebecca Liddiard, left, and Sarah Gadon on “Alias Grace.”Sabrina Lantos/Netflix

‘Alias Grace’

When to watch: Now, on Netflix.

I’ve been craving mini-series. If you have too, watch this richly told six-part historical drama from 2017. “Alias Grace” is based on the Margaret Atwood novel, which is itself based on the true story of Grace Marks (played by Sarah Gadon), a maid who was convicted of a double murder in Canada in 1843. But this doesn’t have the luridness of other true-crime shows, and sometimes it feels — in a good way — like a dark spinoff of “Anne of Green Gables.”



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